I think, for me, it’s a matter of making a promise and keeping it. I am also extreme. There is no such thing as “I’ll start tomorrow” for me. My thought process usually looks something like this:
- I hate this thing about that aspect of my life!
- How can I make it better?
- Talk to self out loud
- Proclaim mental victory
- Immediate implementation of plan.
Please note: plans are not always well thought out… but they are always immediately implemented!
Like my stairs… were you following me for that episode? I pitched a fit because carpet on stairs is dumb and vacuuming stairs makes me want to punch baby seals in the face… So I ripped up my carpet. Like… at that very moment. F you carpet… I’m replacing you with hardwood! And I did. I didn’t wait. I didn’t call a flooring place or go and buy supplies or get a quote… I ripped up the carpet, went to Lowe’s with a foggy idea and then came home with a table saw, oak wood, stain, polyurethane and all the fixins to build stairs. And build stairs I did.
I could have waited… but, for me, waiting is procrastination and procrastination is just another way of saying you’re not willing to do something. If you want to do something… do it. (Assuming that something doesn’t involve choking out your ignorant co-worker or punching the person behind you who keeps smacking their gum.)
Do you want to change your life? Then change it! Change does not come from repeating the same things over and over again. You have to make the determination that you ARE going to change things then follow through. You are a mother-fucking bulldozer and nothing is going to stand in your way… not even yourself.
Be a torrent of change. Pump yourself up if you have to, but drop your head, close your eyes and charge head first into it.
Not everyone needs that kind of kick in the pants… but I do. It’s how I operate. Gradual is not my thing. I don’t ease into a cold pool, I jump in.
Maybe you should pull all the things you shouldn’t be eating out of their boxes and bags, dump everything into one big mess of nibbly bits in a paper bag, take a shovel and dig a hole for it. Have a funeral for that crap. Then cover it with dirt and jump up and down on it.